This tribute to a great collector reveals the distinctive features of Japanese art as viewed through the lens of 50 years of collecting: the sublime spirituality of Buddhist and Shinto art; the boldness of Zen ink painting; the imaginary world conjured up by the Tale of Genji and classical Japanese literature; the sumptuous colors of bird-and-flower painting; the subtlety of poetry, calligraphy, and literati themes; the aestheticized accoutrements of the tea ceremony; and the charming portraiture of courtesans from the "floating world" ukiyo-e. ArtsofJapan AsianArt Transcript: Credits:. Japanese, Kamakura period — Wood with lacquer, color, gold, and inlaid crystal eyes; H.
Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection
Celebrating the Arts of Japan | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Handsomely designed and profusely illustrated, this groundbreaking book discusses more than one hundred works that illuminate the importance of Genji. This is the first major loan exhibition in North America to focus on the artistic tradition inspired by Japan's most celebrated work of literature, The Tale of Genji. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting in the early eleventh-century imperial court, and often referred to as the world's first psychological novel, the tale recounts the amorous escapades of the "Shining Prince" Genji and introduces some of the most iconic female characters in the history of Japanese literature. Covering the period from the eleventh century to the present, the exhibition features more than works, including paintings, calligraphy, silk robes, lacquer wedding set items, a palanquin for the shogun's bride, and popular art such as ukiyo-e prints and modern manga. Highlights include two National Treasures and several works recognized as Important Cultural Properties. For the first time ever outside Japan, rare works are on view from Ishiyamadera Temple—where, according to legend, Shikibu started writing the tale.
The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated
Read about the guide and different versions of the guide at Now at the Met. This completely reconceived and rewritten guide to the Metropolitan Museum's encyclopedic holdings—the first new edition of the guidebook in nearly thirty years—provides the ideal introduction to almost essential masterpieces from one of the world's most popular and beloved museums. It features a compelling and accessible design, beautiful color reproductions, and up-to-date descriptions written by the Museum's own experts.
The centennial of the Department of Asian Art offers an ideal opportunity to explore the history of the Museum's collection of Japanese art. Showcasing more than two hundred masterworks of every medium, this exhibition tells the story of how the Museum built its comprehensive collection of Japanese art beginning in the early s, when it owned just a small, eclectic array of Japanese decorative arts. Spanning ancient to modern times, the exhibition explores the trends that shaped art collecting and the reception of Japanese art in the United States. Moreover, it sheds light on key American collectors and curators whose passion for Japanese art helped the Museum build its world-class collection.